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Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip

A lighthearted, entertaining trip down Memory Lane (Kirkus Reviews), Dont Make Me Pull Over! offers a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road tripsbefore portable DVD players, smartphones, and Google Maps.The birth of Americas first interstate highways in the 1950s hit the gas pedal on the road trip phenomenon and families were soon streamingsans seatbelts!to a range of sometimes stirring, sometimes wacky locations. In the days before cheap air travel, families didnt so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of themfrom being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one might have been had at the next attraction, to dealing with a dad who didnt believe in bathroom breaks.Now, decades later, Ratay offers an amiable guidefun and informative (New York Newsday) that goes down like a cold...

Title : Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip
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ISBN : 9781501188749
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages
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Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip Reviews

  • Stacie

    If you grew up taking family vacations, this book will encourage you to reminisce on those many vacations with family.

    I grew up taking long Sunday drives or weekend trips to visit family. Since I was the only child at home, I didn't have the crazy fights over food or games in the back seat. I just had myself and books and puzzle books to keep me busy during the long drives. 

    As a parent, we have taken our three children on a vacation every year since our first son was 6 months old. We have spent
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  • Terris

    I really enjoyed this telling of the history of family road trips in America. Although the trips were set in the 1970's because of the author's age, he goes into great detail (wonderfully!) about the history of such things as the beginning of: roads in America, roadside motels & restaurants, fast food, video/arcade games, and air travel. But what I liked most was his description of his family jammed into the car for miles on end playing family road games, singing songs, and generally pesteri ...more

  • Susan

    This is a great and entertaining book that provides a history of family road trips from the post-war era. It includes a history of the interstate highway system, drive through restaurants, amusement parks, motels, and even airline deregulation. The author was the youngest of four in a 1970s road tripping family, and his stories of driving in giant cars, through the night, with a dad more concerned about making time than stopping for food, bathroom or sleep breaks were hilarious and will resonate ...more

  • Jessie

    His trips can't compare with ours. . . Actually, what I enjoyed most was the factual parts, the history of the road systems, motels, etc.

  • Sam Sattler

    This is an entertaining (and very informative account) of what it was like to take family road trips in the sixties and seventies, and it brought back vivid memories of my own family road trips with my parents and brothers that we took throughout the decade of the 1960s. It was certainly a different world in those days, and "Don't Make Me Pull Over!" captured exactly what it was like to be crammed inside a car for a week or so while so many new places flashed by outside the car's closed windows. ...more

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    If the cover and the title make you curious about the book, chances are, you will enjoy it. The design evokes nostalgia and humor, and Richard Ratay delivers both. In between reminiscences of family road trips from his own childhood in the 1970s, Ratay explores some of the aspects of road tripping, such as the interstate highway system, rest stops, and drive-thru restaurants. He looks at the rise of automobile travel, paved roads, camping, and motels. Some detours include thoughts on video games ...more

  • Denice Barker

    How many times have you heard that as a kid?? While an age contemporary of the author, my family never took a road trip anywhere but I had friends who did and my husband did and I lived them through their stories.

    This book is so much more than reminiscing about being packed into a car the size of a boat and barely being let out for food or bladder relief until the destination was reached. What is it about dads anyway? I may not have taken road trips when I was a kid, but once married with kids
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  • Janette Mcmahon

    Wonderful history of American travel, not just family road trips. As one reads, memories good and bad will come to every reader. Even though long road trips have gone out of fashion, we continued to take them with our kids, even today as they are adults. They are a special bonding for families and never fail to give a good travel story or adventure, that faster plane travel cannot provide. Part non fiction and part memoir. Recommend to those who enjoy travelouges and fond memories.